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Reporting a drunk driver in Connecticut

Coming in contact with a suspected drunk driver in Connecticut can be overwhelming, stressful and downright frightening. You are likely worried about how you can protect yourself and those in your vehicle. One of the most important things to note is to never attempt to pull the vehicle over. This could lead to an incident of road rage. Here's some important information on how to report a drunk driver.

Make sure you have as complete of a description of the vehicle in question as possible. This will go a long way in helping the police track down the driver and get them off the road. The description should include any of the following information:

  • Color
  • Make
  • Model
  • License plate number
  • Description of the driver
  • Identifying marks on the vehicle (bumper stickers, marks, odd paint)

If it is safe enough, you should attempt to follow the vehicle if there is imminent danger of the driver crashing and hurting someone else. When you follow the vehicle, make sure you stay far enough behind that the driver doesn't notice you and so that you don't wind up in an accident with the vehicle.

Make sure you provide the 911 dispatcher with the last known location of the suspected drunk driver. This includes providing the dispatcher with cross streets, mile markers or other geographic descriptions.

Reporting a drunk driver can help save your life and the lives of countless others on the roads of New Haven. Give as much descriptive information to the dispatchers as possible so the police know exactly who to look for and where to look to make a traffic stop.

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